Research from a recent study indicates that children may be safest in cars when riding with their grandparents.
According to the study, conducted by an emergency medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, children's risk of injury in traffic collisions was 50 percent lower when riding with grandparents than with parents. State Farm insurance claims from 15 states from 2003-2007 were analyzed, including information on 12,000 kids up to age 15. The average age of grandparents in the study was 58.
The findings were surprising, because previous research showed that car accidents were more common in older drivers – especially above age 65. Health issues, eyesight, and slower reaction time were cited as possible reasons for the claim.
This study suggests instead that grandparents may be more nervous with their grandchildren in the vehicle, thus causing them to be more alert to driving hazards. However, research also found that grandparents are less likely to use child safety seats than parents. Complete details of the study were published in Pediatrics magazine.
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